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  • ... that to a non-speaker it looks valid upside-down, too! In fact, it looks better, because the horizontal lines at the top of each character look like a baseline.

    I used Menahem Mansoor's Biblical Hebrew Step by Step, which had extensive exercises in the first lesson to help you learn to distinguish similar characters. Nearly every letter was paired with nearly every other letter, it seemed.

    It's not too bad, once you get the hang of it, though. I'm completely out of practice but can still distinguis

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • Hebrew's the only language I know that doesn't use the Latin character set (Latin-1, if we can be computer geeks here). I have had little trouble in my life with this, however, since I've been dealing with it since I was a wee lad. Of course, I knew the block (print) lettering back then, and I remember the problems that came up when learning cursive (written) Hebrew.

      I can imagine that non-speakers (or more to the point, illiterates) of quite a few scripts could have trouble knowing the correct orientation of the characters. Maybe that should be "pretty much any", but I'm not sure if some are obvious to me because of the knowledge I possess or because they really are obvious.

      What I really enjoyed about this post is how much that actually looks like blocky written Hebrew, Torg. (Although ] being the closest analogue for both khaf and nun would make that difficult to decipher.)

      I'd be glad to help in any way I could, but this book jdavidb mentioned (or others) are probably a better route for you.